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18 July 2016

Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Awarded

  • The Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid won the Small Hybrid category.

Hyundai’s Ioniq might be late to the hybrid party, but it has a lot going for it. The approach made by the company is an intelligent one as it uses more energy dense lithium-ion batteries, while its nearest rival still uses Ni-MH. The use of a more expensive dual-clutch gearbox offers a more natural drive too, unlike the CVT installed in most other hybrids. Hyundai has been clever to offer the Ioniq as an electric car and a plug-in hybrid too, which broadens the appeal.

Jonathan commented: “The Ioniq is the kind of car that gets us excited. With the Ioniq, Hyundai has given us a hybrid, EV and PHEV all in one shell. The innovative approach to hybridisation, use of Li-ion batteries and more appealing dual-clutch gearbox are all welcome benefits over its closest rivals. Importantly, the impressively low pricing should help attract more customers to question the default purchase of a petrol or diesel car.”

Hyundai Ioniq AutoVolt Awards 2016

AutoVolt Electric and Hybrid Awards 2016

  • The awards celebrate electrified and ultra-low emission vehicles.
  • Ten category winners, from city to super cars, plus an overall winner.

AutoVolt’s annual Electric and Hybrid Awards offer a unique rating of the fast growing electrified vehicle market.

The prestigious awards are the only ones in the UK to focus solely on battery- electric vehicles (EVs), hybrids, plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) and, for the first time, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles (FCVs).

This year’s awards were the most difficult yet for the team of judges, who were presented with an enormous increase in number of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) to choose from.

Judges were impressed by the high quality of vehicles and the significant savings they represent, in tax and fuel economy, to the consumer. Vehicles were judged on their quality, value for money, lifetime cost of ownership, equipment, drivability and, more subjectively, appearance.

The winners from the ten categories consist of four electric vehicles, four plug-in hybrids, a hybrid and a hydrogen fuel cell vehicle, demonstrating the huge diversity now available as alternatives to petrol and diesel.

Jonathan Musk, founder and editor of AutoVolt, said: “Every car we looked at was worthy of winning its class. There was no bad egg. The final decision was painstakingly arrived at after much deliberation because the quality of vehicles was so high. There is now an electrified vehicle to suit everyone, whereas just last year the choice was much more limited. This shows the progress being made in the industry today and that consumers are switching on to the tax and fuel savings that can be had from a ULEV.”

The awards are included in the latest issue of AutoVolt (Jul-Aug 2016), alongside a new column by renowned EV enthusiast and celebrity, Robert Llewellyn and other news and articles relating to electric and hybrid vehicles.
To find out more, visit: www.autovolt-magazine.com

Note to Editors.

AutoVolt is the UK’s leading UK consumer magazine dedicated to electric and hybrid vehicles. Founded in 2013, the bi-monthly magazine showcases the electrified automotive world and makes it easily understood and accessible to a consumer audience.

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